Melty “Cheese”

Melty “Cheese”

Yield: 6-8 cups

Course Cheese
Cuisine American
Keyword cashew, cheese, cheese sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 28 servings (1/4 cup)
Calories 34 kcal


BLEND until smooth

  • 3/4 cup cashews raw OR roasted
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 2 ½ tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 7 oz pimento OR one large red bell pepper
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch OR arrowroot powder
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast optional–It gives a nice cheese flavor.
  • 2 cups water

ADD after blending

  • 1 ½ cups water


  1. BLEND all ingredients together in a blender (except the additional water) until very, very creamy and smooth.

  2. TEST it between your fingers. If it feels gritty, it's not done yet!

  3. POUR into saucepan and use one cup of the extra water to rinse the blender.
  4. COOK on medium-high heat, stirring constantly to keep it from sticking or burning.
  5. BRING it to a boil and keep it boiling for 2 minutes.
  6. ADD remaining water as needed. It will thicken more as it cools.

  7. POUR into jar or glass container with lid and keep lid on to prevent it from lumping.

  8. SERVE hot or refrigerate for later use.

Recipe Notes

If you don’t have any cooked rice on hand, leave it out and just increase the cashews by about 1/2 cup. You’ll probably need less water, also.

Nutrition Facts
Melty "Cheese"
Amount Per Serving (0.25 cup)
Calories 34 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 211mg9%
Potassium 52mg1%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 188IU4%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 4mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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